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Health InformaticsA Patient-Centered Approach to Diabetes$
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Barbara M. Hayes and William Aspray

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014328

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014328.001.0001

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Understanding the Potential of Ubiquitous Computing for Chronic Disease Management

Understanding the Potential of Ubiquitous Computing for Chronic Disease Management

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(p.85) 2 Understanding the Potential of Ubiquitous Computing for Chronic Disease Management
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Health Informatics
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Elizabeth D. Mynatt

Gregory D. Abowd

Lena Mamykina

Julie A. Kientz

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014328.003.0003

This chapter describes several innovative ubicomp applications that assist in the management of chronic diseases. These applications include ones that promote an emotional connection between patients and their distant family members, provide individuals with mobile monitors to allow capture of diabetes-related data while patients go about their usual daily routines and enable the collections of data by one set of professionals to be analyzed by another set. This chapter suggests that chronic diseases present significant challenges on multiple levels and provides several reasons why chronic diseases do not fit with the traditional health care view.

Keywords:   ubicomp applications, chronic disease management, emotional connection, family members, mobile monitors, diabetes, health care

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